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Notre Dame's Zorich captures Lombardi Award

Notre Dame defensive lineman Chris Zorich, who suffered a dislocated kneecap during the season but will lead the Irish in the Orange Bowl, won the Lombardi Award honoring college football's top lineman Thursday.

Zorich, who was a finalist last year in his junior season, won the 40-pound block of granite trophy over Illinois nose tackle Moe Gardner, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland and Auburn defensive tackle David Rocker. All four finalists were seniors.

Williamson in poor health; will be honored by Nets

The New Jersey Nets will retire John Williamson's No. 23 tonight, but he's in no mood to celebrate.

"My life is basically over," said Williamson, 39.

Poor financial advice and an alcohol problem drained Williamson, one of the Nets top scorers in the 1970s, of his earnings. Blood tests revealed his kidneys were not working and he now must use a home dialysis kit four times a day to replace fluids his kidneys can no longer handle.

And he lost his job at the Juvenile Detention Center in New Haven, Conn., because his medical leave of absence for a hernia operation expired before he was healthy enough to return to work.

He, his wife, Bertha, and their four children have been surviving on a monthly Social Security check and Bertha's part-time job at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Tonight, Williamson's jersey will be raised at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Williamson will join Julius Erving as the only Nets to have their numbers retired. Williamson and Erving led the Nets to their 1974 American Basketball Association title.

Former teammates, coaches and friends will gather today for a $30-a-plate luncheon with the proceeds going to the John Williamson Fund.

N. Carolina tops UConn, but Big East takes series

Senior forward Rick Fox scored 18 points and sophomore forward George Lynch added 12 to lead No. 10 North Carolina (4-1) to a 79-64 win over No. 14 Connecticut in the ACC-Big East Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Huskies (3-1) were led by junior guard Chris Smith, the game-high scorer with 21 points, and senior guard John Gwynn, who added 11 points.

Villanova beat Wake Forest, 91-82, in the first game of the double-header. The Big East dominated the series, 6-2.

King sets match-play pace; Langer leads rich tourney

Top-ranked Betsy King advanced with a steady performance in the opening round of the $450,000 LPGA World Match Play Championship in Princeville, Hawaii.

Dawn Coe, Nancy Brown and Tammie Green needed four extra holes to advance.

King sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to move three strokes ahead of Japan's Ikuyo Shiotani. She clinched victory when both shot par on No. 16.

In Sun City, South Africa, Germany's Bernhard Langer shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of golf's richest tournament, the $1 Million Challenge.

Defending champion David Frost, with a 71, was the only other man to better par over the Gary Player Country Club course in Bophuthatswana. An exclusive field of 10 is duelling for $2.5 million in prize money, with a top prize of $1 million.

In Wellington, Fla., PGA rookies Greg Bruckner and Kirk Triplett tied Rocco Mediate and Jim Carter for the first round of the $1 million Sazale Classic championship.

Carter made five of his team's six birdies on the back nine in their round of 60.

Jim Thorpe of Buffalo and Joey Sindelar of Horseheads combined for a 65.

In Melbourne, Australia, American Chris Patton and New Zealand's Simon Owen shot 4-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead in the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic at Royal Melbourne.

E.J. Pfister of Marilla had a 73.

Classic league produces a pair of 300 games

For the second week in a row, two 300 games were bowled in the C.J.'s Midtown Classic at Thruway Lanes.

Mike Neumann, a 23-year-old Cheektowaga right-hander, shot his 25th sanctioned 300 in a 779 set, while Mike Rose Jr., an 19-year-old Erie Community College sophomore from Rochester, registered his sixth 300 in a 770 series. Last week, Gary Faulkner and Rob Causer had 300s in the same league.
CAGE CALENDAR

Canisius looks to win its first tournament since 1972 when it meets Lehigh tonight (6, Radio 930) in the first round of the Marist Classic at Poughkeepsie. The Griffins (2-1) are at full strength for Lehigh (2-3), which was 18-12 last year and is picked third this year in the Patriot League. Marist (0-3), which has lost by 91-69 at Fairfield and by 89-66 at Siena, meets Brown (2-2) of the Ivy League in the other game.

Niagara (1-3) meets No. 9-ranked Indiana (5-1) tonight (9 p.m., Radio 1440) in the first round of the Indiana Classic at Bloomington. San Diego meets North Carolina-Wilmington in the other first-round game.

The University at Buffalo (3-2) will meet Daemen (3-5) at 8 tonight in the second game of the Shooters Roundup Classic at Alumni Arena, where St. Thomas (Fla.) meets Mercyhurst in the 6 p.m. opener.
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